Aston Villa set to grab 'new Patrick Vieira' Gueida Fofana as Le Havre agree £800,000 fee

Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Le Havre for France Under 19 captain Gueida Fofana - a player tipped to fill Patrick Vieira's former role as Les Bleus' midfield mainstay.

It is understood that Le Havre have accepted a initial payment of about £800,000 in a deal that will see them net 20 per cent of the fee if Villa sell him on.

Proven winner: Fofana hoists the Euro Under 19 trophy aloft

Proven winner: Fofana hoists the Euro Under 19 trophy aloft

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier

On the lookout: Villa boss Houllier

Fofana is expected in the West Midlands to tie up a deal in time for the transfer window reopening on January 1.

Gerard Houllier has got his man on a knockdown fee because the midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

Liverpool and Chelsea have also followed his progress, but Houllier's links have proved decisive.

Fofana, a 6ft imposing figure, captained his country to the Under 19 European Championship crown on home soil during the summer.

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